STOKING THE FIRE - In Search of a Hot Ember...

Vintage Flame
August 10 2012 08:13AM

 

It hasn’t been the highly active off-season most fans were hoping for, but there have been a few items that have crept into the news for Flames-land.

While some of the news reaching the fan base has brought about smiles, there are also the ones that have left people still shaking their heads wondering if anything will ever change or worse yet saying, “What now?”

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Clay Wilson to the KHL - some thoughts

Ryan Pike
August 09 2012 03:27PM

 

 

Possibly the biggest news of last week – if it can be called that – was the departure of defenseman Clay Wilson. Wilson signed a deal with Donbass Donetsk, which raised a few comparisons and questions.

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The 1992 NHL Players' Stike: A Relevant Story

JP Nikota
August 09 2012 01:46PM

I was only six years old when the NHL saw its first significant labour disruption in 1992, and to be honest, I had forgotten that it had happened at all. Having read Bruce Dowbiggin's Money Players, however, the story seems suddenly relevant.

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Five Things: The dog days

Ryan Lambert
August 09 2012 11:09AM

1. Flames lose inconsequential defenseman, still have several lying about

This is what qualifies as news in early August except when a prospect maybe or maybe not punches someone out in front of a bar.

To bastardize a quote from "Love Story:" What can you say about Clay Wilson? His jump to the KHL is more or less of no consequence except that it voids his current contract, which was a one-way deal to ensure he got paid his full $525,000 when he's still bussing it in Abbotsford.

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The Gamble That is Jiri Hudler

Kent Wilson
August 08 2012 11:05AM

 

 

The Detroit Red Wings bled a lot of talent this summer: Niklas Lidstrom retired, Brad Stuart was traded and Tomas Holmstrom is likely to pull the chute on his long career as well.

Which is why its surpising to see Holland and company let the 28-year old Jiri Hudler walk after a career high 25-goal season. Not only that, Hulder was the Red Wings 5th highest scorer last year with 50-points, well clear of 6th placed Todd Bertuzzi at 38. Notably, money wasn't really an issue in this instance - the Wings have about $14M in cap space and Hudler's contract with the Flames was relatively modest by UFA frenzy standards: $4M/year for four years.

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